Fairy Falls

 Fairy Falls was arguably the prettiest waterfall that I visited during this trip. The other waterfalls I saw were a straight drop of water for the most part but Fairy Falls is actually a fairly small cascading waterfall. The hike up here features a bunch of switchbacks and is a fairly steep uphill hike which …

Why Oregon’s Scenery is So Amazing

 Why is Oregon’s scenery so amazing? Because it looks like this most of the time! If you put L.A. weather year-round up here, it would probably be as ugly as L.A. Luckily for me, I love wet, gloomy weather as evidenced by the places I tend to travel to.  

Graduated Neutral-Density Filter Video

  Graduated Neutral-Density Filter Video While hiking the trails around Elowah Falls, Brandon noticed that Rob and I were using Singh-Ray “Galen Rowell” Graduated Neutral-Density filters to photograph a landscape overlooking the Columbia River Gorge so he turned on video mode and I started talking about what I was doing. This was all spur-of-the-moment done …

Elowah Falls

 The most overlooked aspect within landscape photography is including people within the scenes. There are probably a lot of photographers that have photographed waterfalls within the Columbia River Gorge but how many come away with “lifestylescapes”? Funny thing is that I thought my Elowah Falls landscape photos kind of sucked and this image is better …

Multnomah Falls

 My grad school roommate, Brandon Hill, recently moved to Seattle from Kansas City so he came down the night before. We hadn’t seen each other in a few years so it was a fun time catching up with each others’ lives. He was a newlywed when I last saw him and wasn’t yet a photographer …

Vista House at Crown Point

 Having seen this scenic view of the Crown Point Vista House on numerous travel advertisements and from my airplane on the flight into Portland, I couldn’t wait for an opportunity to see it up close in person. Surprisingly, there is only one area from which you can actually see the Vista House from here due …

Munras Falls

 Munras Falls was a pleasant surprise. We set out for Wahclella Falls and encountered Munras Falls, which is located right alongside the trail not too far from the trailhead. There aren’t too many waterfalls that you can get this close to without getting drenched so it was cool to be able to shoot upward at …

Punchbowl Falls

 Punchbowl Falls is surrounded by some stunning scenery. Since the waterfall is set back within the mossy canyon, I had to boulder hop into the middle of the creek in order to get a decent look at the falls. It amazes me how few tourists actually go onto the trails and hike to the most …

Metlako Falls

 Metlako Falls is an interesting waterfall in that it is located within a narrow canyon in Eagle Creek and that a patch of fog kept hanging around the falls. Metlako Falls is rather hard to see though unless you go over the retaining rail near the edge of the cliff. A little bit spooky for …

Wildflowers in Columbia River Gorge

 Most of the forested trails within the Columbia River Gorge were lined with wildflowers. The flowers aren’t as big as they are in California, most were quite small in-fact, but they are equally as pretty. While hiking the Eagle Creek Trail, this patch of purple wildflowers caught my eye so I worked the scene to …